February 6, 2016 9:00 AM EST

If you’ve ever tried to book a last-minute trip, you know how hard it is to find flights that match all of your criteria. Balancing cheap travel with convenience and comfort is no easy feat. Whether you’re jetting across the country for a business trip or making use of your paid time off, it’s important to know how to navigate through all of the cost-cutting sites without getting totally lost in the interwebs.

The biggest travel hack is all about knowing when you should book your flights. Any Tuesday afternoon that falls well before your trip date is ideal because airline sales tend to be predictable. If you’ve procrastinated past that point, though, there are still some options. Clear your browsing data, scope out multiple airline prices and fasten your seatbelt to prepare for takeoff.

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